Column: New Resource for Criminal Records

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: New Resource for Criminal Records

Snippet: “Did any of your ancestors do time?” This is not the question every genealogist wants to hear, but it’s a fact that many Canadians have served time for their crimes. Some do a few months, are released and never again see the inside of a jail. Others make a career out of criminal activity. Either way they are our relatives, our friends or our neighbours.

As a law-biding citizen I frown upon criminal activity, but I do understand that we are not immune to making mistakes or being related to a criminal. I also understand that it’s the genealogist’s decision whether or not they want to publically acknowledge the fact an incarcerated individual inhabits a branch on their family tree. Some might keep the information filed away, known but not shared.

It is easier to identify a family jail bird if the crime wasn’t heinous. If a woman was thrown in jail because she disobeyed her husband a hundred years ago, she might be held in high regard, whereas a serial killer would be black-listed.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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